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Vancouver man, 72, fights back against home invasion suspect

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David Weisen, 72, fought off a home invasion suspect trying to enter his Vancouver home in spite of a serious illness. David Weisen, 72, fought off a home invasion suspect trying to enter his Vancouver home in spite of a serious illness.
Irving Diaz Rodriguez in court Thursday. Irving Diaz Rodriguez in court Thursday.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Vancouver man had to fight off a bold burglary suspect who broke into his home Wednesday night, even as the homeowner is dealing with a serious illness.

At age 72, David Weisen said he thought his fighting days were over, but that he did all he could to protect his family.

Weisen said he didn't know how to react when a young man suddenly showed up in his home and started making unbelievable demands.

”He said, ‘I want in my house!’ and I said, ‘this is not your house,’" Weisen said. "He said ‘no, I bought this house last year for a thousand dollars.’"

Vancouver police said the person responsible for the home invasion was 18-year-old Irving Diaz Rodriguez, who was in court Thursday morning after his arrest.

The situation all started Wednesday night when Weisen's wife found the intruder in the couple’s hallway with the front door open.

Terrified and confused, she yelled for her husband and he came running.

"I just stood in the doorway with my arms up so he couldn’t come in any farther," Weisen explained.

He said the teen elbowed him in the neck, causing Weisen to scream for his wife and granddaughter to go upstairs.

While some might have given up, Weisen said fear is not in his vocabulary.

"When someone backs you into a corner you have two choices, give up or fight,” he said. “And I’m not going to give up."

Moments later Weisen found himself wrestling with the man on the concrete.

"He tried to drag me away from the door, and he slipped away and he just stepped inside and locked the knob, so I couldn't get back in," he said.

Police arrived minutes later and tried to get back in the house, but Weisen said the criminal kept locking the door, until a pair of officers were able to get into the house and take Rodriguez into custody.

Officers had received a call from a few streets down about another home invasion earlier that night, and they said the suspect fit Rodriguez’s description.  

He is now in Clark County Jail facing burglary charges and a $50,000 bail.

With his family now safe and sound, Weisen says he has always been a fighter. And with possibly only a few years left to live he's not going to let something like this bring him down.

"I have pulmonary fibrosis, which makes it hard to talk and hard to breathe, but you can still fight," he said.

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